The Best 35 films of Paul Newman.

Charismatic, blue eyed, Paul Newman, was horribly miscast in his film debut in 1955, in the silly biblical epic, The Silver Chalice. They must have learned quickly because the next nearly 50 years featured sheer brilliance, and one memorable film characterization after another for the wonderful Paul Newman. From Somebody Up There Likes Me to Road to Perdition, Newman, was likeable, magnetic and consistently
excellent. Here are 35 of his very best.
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1.
The Hustler (1961)
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An up-and-coming pool player plays a long-time champion in a single high-stakes match. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
2.
The Sting (1973)
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In Chicago in September 1936, a young con man seeking revenge for his murdered partner teams up with a master of the big con to win a fortune from a criminal banker. (129 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
3.
The Verdict (1982)
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A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling. (129 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
 
4.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
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A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison. (126 mins.)
 
5.
The Color of Money (1986)
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Fast Eddie Felson teaches a cocky but immensely talented protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback. (119 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
6.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
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Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close. (110 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
7.
Hud (1963)
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Honest and hard-working Texas rancher Homer Bannon has a conflict with his unscrupulous, selfish, arrogant and egotistical son Hud who sank into alcoholism after accidentally killing his brother in a car crash. (112 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
8.
Absence of Malice (1981)
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When a prosecutor leaks a false story that a liquor warehouse owner is involved in the murder of an union head, the man's life begins to unravel. (116 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
9.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
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Brick, an alcoholic ex-football player, drinks his days away and resists the affections of his wife, Maggie. His reunion with his father, Big Daddy, who is dying of cancer, jogs a host of memories and revelations for both father and son. (108 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
10.
Nobody's Fool (1994)
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Sully is a rascally ne'er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker's compensation suit for a bad knee... (110 mins.)
Director: Robert Benton
 
11.
Road to Perdition (2002)
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Bonds of loyalty are put to the test when a hitman's son witnesses what his father does for a living. (117 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
 
12.
Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
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This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built. (127 mins.)
Director: Roland Joffé
 
13.
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
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Accused barn burner and con man Ben Quick arrives in a small Mississippi town and quickly ingratiates himself with its richest family, the Varners. (115 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
14.
The Young Philadelphians (1959)
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Up and coming, young lawyer Anthony Lawrence faces several ethical and emotional dilemmas as he climbs the Philadelphia social ladder... (136 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
15.
Harper (1966)
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Lew Harper, a cool private investigator, is hired by a wealthy California matron to locate her kidnapped husband. (121 mins.)
Director: Jack Smight
 
16.
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
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Boxer Rocky Graziano's biopic, based on his autobiography, from childhood to his World Middleweight Championship title win at age 28 in 1947. (113 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
17.
From the Terrace (1960)
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An ambitious young executive chooses a loveless marriage and an unfulfilling personal life in exchange for a successful Wall Street career. (149 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
18.
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)
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Set during World War II, an upper-class family begins to fall apart due to the conservative nature of the patriarch and the progressive values of his children. (126 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
19.
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
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Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving... (120 mins.)
Director: Richard Brooks
 
20.
The Towering Inferno (1974)
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At the opening party of a colossal, but poorly constructed, office building, a massive fire breaks out that threatens to destroy the tower and everyone in it. (165 mins.)
Director: John Guillermin
 
21.
The Prize (1963)
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As the Nobel Prize winners come to Stockholm to receive their awards, their lives are overturned and perturbed in various ways. (134 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
22.
Slap Shot (1977)
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A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games. (123 mins.)
Director: George Roy Hill
 
23.
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
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A no account outlaw establishes his own particular brand of law and order and builds a town on the edges of civilization in this farcical western... (120 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
24.
Torn Curtain (1966)
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An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin and then figuring out a plan to escape back to the West. (128 mins.)
 
25.
Exodus (1960)
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The state of Israel is created in 1948, resulting in war with its Arab neighbors. (208 mins.)
Director: Otto Preminger
 
26.
Fort Apache the Bronx (1981)
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In New York, South Bronx's main police precinct is nicknamed Fort Apache by its employees who feel like troopers surrounded by hostiles in a wild west isolated outpost. (125 mins.)
Director: Daniel Petrie
 
27.
The Left Handed Gun (1958)
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After his employer is murdered by rival cattlemen, a troubled and uneducated young cowboy vows revenge on the murderers, (102 mins.)
Director: Arthur Penn
 
28.
The Outrage (1964)
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Travelers in the 1870s Southwest discuss a recent murder trial in which all the principals told differing stories about the events. (96 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
29.
Paris Blues (1961)
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During the 1960s, two American ex-pat jazz musicians living in Paris meet and fall in-love with two American tourist girls. (98 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
30.
Hombre (1967)
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John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws. (111 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
 
31.
Winning (1969)
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Frank Capua is a rising star on the race circuit who dreams of winning the big one--the Indianapolis 500... (123 mins.)
Director: James Goldstone
 
32.
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
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A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam. (111 mins.)
Director: Joel Coen
 
33.
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys! (1958)
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All about the citizens of Putnam's Landing and their reactions to an army missile base in their back yard. (106 mins.)
Director: Leo McCarey
 
34.
Sometimes a Great Notion (1970)
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A family of fiercely independent Oregon loggers struggle to keep the family business alive amidst changing times. (114 mins.)
Director: Paul Newman
 
35.
The Drowning Pool (1975)
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A big-city private detective travels to the Deep South to help out an old girlfriend who is being blackmailed. (108 mins.)